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There are more than 1,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as certain herbal and dietary supplements, that are implicated in liver injury, and the list continues to grow.
Accounting for approximately 41 million prescriptions dis¬pensed in the U.S. in 2017, the opioid analgesic tramadol is among the most widely used painkillers. New research linking tramadol to an increased risk of death reinforces our long-standing Do Not Use designation for this drug.
Shingles is a very common disease caused by the chicken (herpes zoster) virus. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to developing this painful and sometimes debilitating condition. Learn the facts about shingles and how you can lower your risk of developing it.
The article reviews studies showing that widely-sold prescription drugs for treating cold sores, such as ZOVIRAX, DENAVIR, FAMVIR, and VALTREX and ABREVA have significant side effects, are expensive and, on the average, only reduce the duration of the cold sore by less than one day. The article describes other non-drug methods to treat cold sores that make more sense.
The editors of the highly respected Medical Letter On Drugs and Therapeutics, an independent source of drug information written for physicians and pharmacists, reviewed the use of the antiviral drug valacyclovir (VALTREX) for the treatment of cold sores (herpes labialis) in their November 11, 2002 issue. This prompted us to evaluate two other Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drugs, penciclovir (DENAVIR) and docosanol (ABREVA), together with valacyclovir for cold sore treatment. If you decide not to spend the money for one of these drugs every time a cold sore appears, there are things you can do to control discomfort, allowing healing and avoid complications. The cold sore should....